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ACT Policing—Firearms Consultative Committee (Question No 1052)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) Who is on the current ACT Firearms Consultative Committee and how long (a) has each person served on the Committee and (b) are their remaining terms.

(2) How are appointments to the ACT Firearms Consultative Committee determined.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Firearms Consultative Committee (FCC) comprises members and ex-officio members. The ex-officio members are the ACT Deputy Registrar of Firearms and a representative from the Legislation, Policy and Programs (LPP) branch in the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS). The terms and lengths of service of these members varies according to the position holder. Other members are appointed by me as Minister responsible for the Firearms Act 1996.

The FCC members advise on and consider matters of firearms policy in a voluntary capacity. Members of the FCC are appointed in their own right rather than as a representative of their firearms club or organisation. There is a broad base of knowledge on the committee about a range of types of firearms and related activity. The lengths of service of members and remaining terms are itemised below:

FCC member Length of service as of 1 April 2018 Remaining duration of current term as of 1 April 2018 Member one At least 15 years and 9 months* 8 months Member two At least 15 years and 9 months* 8 months Member three At least 15 years and 9 months* 8 months Member four 2 years and 3 months 8 months Member five 7 years and 3 months 8 months Member six 5 years and 3 months 8 months Member seven 1 year 8 months Member eight 1 year 8 months Member nine 1 year 8 months

There is a concern that the publication of their names in Hansard may make them a potential target for criminal activity. I would ask you to consider this concern and consequently accept the answer.

(2) At the start of the appointment process, JACS sends a request for expressions of interest to the ACT firearms community and current FCC members.

The criteria for appointment to the FCC are the ability to provide considered and knowledgeable advice to the government on firearms and related legislation and to be able to represent the views of the firearms community rather than just an individual perspective. Applications are received by JACS.


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